PAINT SPILL CLEANUP
Who hasn't needed a paint spill cleanup? So many of us are Do-It-Yourselfers, especially when it comes to painting projects.
We bring home our favorite paint chips and maybe even small
jars of paint in order to choose the perfect colors. We raid the paint
section of our local hardware or big box store for just the right types
of paint brushes and buckets. We don clothes we don't care about, move
as much as we can out of the way, and cover everything else with tarps
before we begin our work.
But disaster can strike no matter how prepared we are! Paint
brushes can slip right out of our hands. Buckets full of paint can be
accidentally tipped over. If it can happen, it probably will! So an
important part of prevention is being prepared just in case a paint
spill cleanup becomes necessary.
PAINT SPILL CLEANUP-RULE #1
it comes to a paint spill cleanup, the most important rule to remember
is to start the cleanup while the paint is still wet. Paint that has
dried can be almost impossible to remove completely, even by a
PAINT SPILL CLEANUP - FIRST STEP
Scoop up as much of the paint as you can using a smooth object such as a spoon or a piece of cardboard.
And always scoop from the outside to the center (as you would any spill) in order to avoid make the spill bigger.
WHAT TO DO WITH HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT HAVE UNWANTED PAINT ON THEM?
the item is a piece of clothing or a cushion cover or curtains or
drapes, take it as soon as possible to a dry cleaner. If it is an area
rug, take it to a rug cleaning plant ASAP. If the textile can be washed
in a washing machine you may want to try that.
cleanup involves upholstery, make sure the fabric is water cleanable.
If it is, remove the excess wet paint and mix a solution of 1 part cold
water to 1 part dish washing liquid (such as Dawn). Sponge the spill,
then rinse until all the paint is gone. As a last resort you may try
blotting with acetone (main ingredient in nail polish remover).
there is any doubt as to the DIY cleaning of your upholstery, call a
professional upholstery cleaner to take care of the paint as soon as
cleanup involves wall-to-wall carpet, only try to clean it yourself if
the amount of paint is small. A large area will need a professional
cleaning and your diluting of the spill will only push some of it deeper
into the carpet.
If there are only some small spills, try putting ice on them and you may be able to peel them off.
With some carpets you may be able to use a razor to shave off the top of the carpet to remove the paint.
best chance for removal is with a professional carpet cleaning done as
soon as possible. Try to keep the area wet, if possible, with wet paper
towels or cloths.
THE TYPE OF PAINT WILL DETERMINE THE BEST PAINT SPILL CLEANUP METHOD
To find out how to clean up different types of paint spills, please continue reading here.